You Again's Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver discuss James Cameron

"You Again's" Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver discuss James Cameron.

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Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis discuss the not so 'new' James Cameron

'You Again' stars wax on the master filmmaker

One of the more intriguing aspects of the success of "Avatar" is what appears to be a more personable James Cameron.  Always known as an intense filmmaker on set, the "Titanic" and "Terminator" creator was not necessarily known as publicity shy, but he certainly held many of his future plans and opinions close to the vest.  That's changed dramatically since "Avatar's" massive critical and financial success.  

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Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception"

Leonardo DiCaprio won't receive a best actor nod for his work in "Inception" according to this pundit.

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Oscar in August: 10 predictions for the 2010-11 awards season

'Inception,' 'Toy Story 3' are the obvious players, but who else is in the mix?

As summer comes to an end and award season braces for the triple threat of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, this pundit must once again put his reputation on the line with my annual Oscar in August predictions.  This hit or miss list began in 2005 while I was writing the Hollywood Hitlist for MSN.  This is the sixth edition and let's just say this prognosticator's soothsaying skills are improving with age.  

There are a lot of obvious picks, but let's be honest, it's ludicrous to call winners at this point.  Sure, Mo'Nique was a massive frontrunner even this far out a year ago for "Precious," but who knew that certain members of the media would start to campaign against her?  Or, "Avatar" sure seemed like it was going to upset increasing favorite "The Hurt Locker" after critical and box office pandemonium hit Hollywood through the Christmas holidays, but the Academy had second thoughts only a few months later.  Still, it's an Oscar watcher's duty to fall flat on their face every now and again, but moreover, be correct a good deal of the time.  Let's revisit this list in February shall we?

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Emma Stone in Easy A

Emma Stone in the new comedy "Easy A."

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8 reasons why Emma Stone's 'Easy A' is September's must see movie

Watch new clips from what could be a teen comedy classic


You can't really beat Emma Stone's track record so far.  "Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past" aside, the 21-year-old actress has displayed a wealth of talent since her debut in "Superbad" and starring roles in "The House Bunny" and "Zombieland."  Still, when the logo for Screen Gems appeared before trailers for her new picture "Easy A," many no doubt assumed this was another forgettable teen comedy from Sony Pictures' genre label.  Newsflash: anyone who dismisses "Easy" before seeing it will be making a huge mistake. 

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I love you Phillip MOrris international poster

Yes, "I Love You Phillip Morris" has pretty much opened everywhere, but the U.S.

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Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor finally finding 'Love' this December

'I Love You Phillip Morris' long, strange journey coming to an end

It has taken almost two years, but "I Love You Phillip Morris" is finally being released in the United States.  Sort of strange for a Jim Carry movie, no?  Well, its been a difficult journey for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival selection, but Roadside Attractions has arrived to save the day.

Debuting with strong accolades for stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, "Morris" was expected to be picked up by a mini-major such as Focus Features or Fox Searchlight after its debut, but a number of distributors were scared off by the film's gay content, because as the film jokes, Carrey's character is very gay.  Based on a true story, Carrey plays Steve Russell, a seemingly happily married man who has an epiphany on his life after being in a car accident.  Deciding to come out of the closet, he goes overboard in his new lifestyle using cons and fraud to support a lifestyle he can't afford.  While in jail, he meets Phillip Morris (McGregor) and true love forms.  Unfortunately, Russell is back to his old ways out of prison as he tries to build a perfect life for himself and Phillip that, again, he just can't afford.

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Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando on the set of The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola and Marlon Brando on the set of "The Godfather."

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Oscar Watch: Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard will receive honorary Oscars

Plus: Jarvier Bardem's 'Biutiful' and Ryan Gosling's 'All Good Things' headed to theaters

Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach and Kevin Brownlow were announced today as the recipients of this year's Academy of Motion Picture Sciences' Governors Awards.

Coppola, the director of such classics as "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now" and "Peggy Sue Got Married," will receive the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.  Godard, Brownlow and Wallach will be given honorary Oscar statues during the ceremony which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

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James Franco in Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS

James Franco in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours."

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Oscar Watch: James Franco embraces life in a new teaser for '127 Hours'

Plus: David Lynch sets up at the 2010 AFI Fest and provides a poster

Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" starring James Franco is quickly becoming one of the more anticipated films of the fall season.  The true story of Aron Ralston, the film is a challenging follow up to "Slumdog Millionaire" for Boyle as a good chunk of Franco's screentime is spent stuck in a desert canyon.  One of the most visual inventive filmmakers of his era, Boyle has provided some quick and energetic answers to that quandary in a brand new teaser for the film you can watch embedded here.

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Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Spike Awards

Sandra Bullock may have finally locked down her next role.

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Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks staying serious with 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

Stephen Daldry picture could shoot as soon as January

Fate stepped in and delayed some inevitable questions for Sandra Bullock after her stunning and improbable awards season ride this past winter.  Bullock won her first Oscar for Best Actress for "The Blind Side," but before she could even be tempted by offers for follow up projects was embroiled in an unfortunate tabloid-friendly break up with her now former husband Jesse James.  Now, as the fall is upon Hollywood and pictures are locking down early 2011 start dates, Bullock appears to have found her next endeavor.

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Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg in THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker and Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in David FIncher's "The Social Network."

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Surprise: Facebook isn't happy about 'The Social Network'

Why the company's concerns are more relevant than you'd think

Any film about real people, real companies and public disputes are always going to come under some scrutiny.  There will always be a "he said, she said" no matter how documented the events appear to be.  Therefore, it's no surprise that one of fall's most anticipated releases, "The Social Network," is being criticized from its subject matter: the founders of Facebook.

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Helen Mirren, Russell Brand and Djimon Hounsou in  the poster for Julie Taymor's "The Tempest"
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Contrasting posters debut for 'The Tempest' and 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

A triple theme seems to be in vogue

Two posters for two highly anticipated films made their debut this week and while on the surface they don't have that much in common on the big screen, they may as examples of key art.

First up is Julie Taymor's "The Tempest."  A holdover from Disney's sale of Miramax.  The adaptation of Shakespeare's play stars Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper and Russell Brand.  The new poster pushes Mirren and Hounsou and the darker elements of the tale in a three segment approach.  The question is whether or not that's Brand in the top image or not.  In either case, it's somewhat surprising the younger-skewing comedy star wasn't highlighted more in this design.  And while certain elements are striking in the design, it's hardly as memorable or iconic as posters for any of Taymor's previous works including "Titus," "Frida" or "Across the Universe." The drama will debut as the closing night feature of the Venice Film Festival and also screen during the New York Film Festival.

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Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in "The Tourist."

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in "The Tourist."

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Is Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp's 'The Tourist' taking a trip to Oscar?

New dramatic thriller gets a plum Dec. release date

The 2011 awards season already looks like a bumpy road with studios strategizing to hold certain contenders out of the festival circuit ("The Fighter," "True Grit,") while others go full bore for maximum effect ("Black Swan," "The Social Network").  Now, an interesting carrot is being thrown into the mix with the new Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp thriller "The Tourist."

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